LeMans: Audi and Porsche lay down a marker! The first official practice for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours took place this Wednesday 19th June. There were two sessions, the first one untimed and the second one counting for the grid positions. The favorites topped the time sheets for the third round of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship as Loïc Duval set the fastest time of the day.
At 16h00 this afternoon the first car to go out was the no. 1 Audi of Treluyer, Fässler and Lotterer, sending a symbolic message to its rivals. The car driven by the 2011 and 2012 winners and 2012 World Champions laid down a marker when the first official practice session for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours began.
Hertz Extends Title Sponsorship Deal With British MotoGP Race Through '13 Dorna Sports and the Hertz Corp. have announced that Hertz has renewed its sponsor of the 2013 British MotoGP, which will be held at Silverstone from Aug. 30-Sept.1. As title sponsor of the British MotoGP, Hertz will receive media exposure through a range of branding opportunities at the circuit, including at the trackside, bridge, starting point, winners’ podium backdrops and clothing of the Paddock Girls, as well as the added visibility in one turn in the new-to-MotoGP circuit in Austin. Hertz first took on title sponsorship of the event in '12. The '13 deal includes an option for an extension into '14. MotoGP
F1 Would Have 4th-Best GDP As A Nation F1 is the world's fourth-largest economy, according to Ted Macauley of GULF NEWS. If F1 were a nation, "rather than a 200-meter long avenue of trucks, motorhomes, stacks of tires and hospitality units, it would be a global superpower." A study by the Int'l Monetary Fund made "this amazing revelation."
If F1 CEO Bernie Ecclestone's pride and joy was a static country instead of a moveable feast, it would have a GDP figure "to boost it into the top four nations in the world." If added together, the turnover from the 200-plus who are financially committed to F1 would have a combined wealth amounting to $3.79T. That's a GDP just behind China ($4.91T) but ahead of Germany ($3.35T), France ($2.68T) and the U.K. ($2.18T). Gulf News
Video: 24 Hours of Le Mans Tracy Krohn Huge Crash Tracy Krohn’s 24 Hours of Le Mans race week got off to a rough start with this accident Wednesday at the Esses at Circuit de la Sarthe.
The American lost control of his trademark “Krohn green” No. 57 Krohn Racing Ferrari F458 Italia, which competes in the GTE Am class, and went through the gravel and careened into the tire barrier.
Krohn was unscathed but the car, a full-season entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship co-driven by Nic Jonsson and Maurizio Mediani, will need to undergo substantial repairs to make the green flag for Saturday’s race.
Leffler's funeral held Wednesday afternoon They came to honor Jason Leffler, but they left with instructions to do more. "We have something that all we have a part in, every single one of you,'' Jeff Dickerson said at a service Wednesday afternoon celebrating his friend's life. "We all have a responsibility in making sure that his son knows exactly who he was and how much he loved his son. From his grandparents to those who maybe met him in passing, we must make sure he is not forgotten. When we see Charlie and that same little playful grin that his dad had, we must let him know at every chance we get to tell him that he hung the moon with his dad. That Jason savored every minute he spent with his son. We must let him know about Jason as a driver, a man and a father. That's what Jason would want from us. It's up to all of us to make that happen.''
Making IndyCar relevant again (Update)UPDATE Another reader writes, Dear AR1.com, You guys are the best in the business. Worth every penny I pay you for my subscription. Your latest article by Brian Carroccio on Making IndyCar Relevant Again is pure genius. I think it is the only way IndyCar racing, as well as the entire automotive industry is ever going to connect with the younger generation. I would love to see each high school field a 4 or 5 car go-kart team and race against other local high schools with regional and national championships. And then in college I would love to see the college teams field at a minimum 4 or 5 USF2000 teams. The car manufacturers can slap their names on the cars in the form of sponsorship money. The young generation would once again fall in love with the automobile and IndyCar may actually be relevant again. Pure genius. Bravo to you guys. Jim Mantz
06/19/13 A reader writes, Dear Brian, Regarding your articleMaking IndyCar Relevant Again, I agree, I've seen the indifference (at best) to cars in Generation Y; e.g., my 26 year old son didn't bother to get his driver's license until he was 19.
ALMS event at VIRginia International Raceway given new name VIRginia International Raceway is proud to announce the Oak Tree Grand Prix as the marquee event on October 5th, featuring the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.
The name and logo are designed to reflect the history and notoriety of the track and to be the driving brand moving forward. The most recognized turn at VIR is the Oak Tree Turn or Turn 11. Oak Tree Turn has remained a part of the long history since the track was originally constructed in 1957. The infamous Oak Tree is a permanent part of VIR.
IndyCar trailing far behind NASCAR, F1 in social media outreach IndyCar Series executives have their hands full trying to bolster the all-important live attendance and television viewership numbers that drive sponsors to be a part of their series.
But there’s another set of numbers to be concerned about, and it clearly has the attention of sponsors.
Twice in the last month, I’ve gotten newsletters from prominent firms representing sports sponsors listing the social media following of the major auto racing series. The numbers don’t lie. And for IndyCar, the numbers aren’t particularly good.
In terms of Twitter followers, NASCAR is king, with more than 1.1 million as of Tuesday morning. Formula One’s official Twitter account has a tick under 538,000. The IndyCar Series has just short of 92,000.
India slams F1 race demise rumors (GMM) The promoter of the Indian grand prix on Wednesday slammed rumors the race may fall off the calendar after 2013.
Reports early this week said existing F1 events in Korea and India may not take place next season, with India's promoting Jaypee Group not committing to funding beyond this year's race and "nearing bankruptcy".
Jaypee spokesman Askari Zaidi said on Wednesday: "Some international news organizations are trying to spread rumors that (Jaypee) may not host (the) 2014 Indian GP.
IMS Remembers Leffler On Pagoda June 19 The scoring board atop the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's Pagoda will be illuminated June 19 with the numbers "50," "1975" and "2013" as a tribute to race car driver Jason Leffler, whose funeral takes place today in Cornelius, N.C.
Leffler, who was born in 1975, died from injuries suffered in a sprint-car race June 12 at Bridgeport Speedway in Swedesboro, N.J. He was 37.
NASCAR Michigan TV Rating Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race from Michigan drew a 2.8 U.S. rating and 4.5 million viewers on TNT, down 13% in ratings and 14% in viewership from last year (3.2, 5.3M), and down 3% and 7%, respectively, from 2011 (2.9, 4.9M). The 2.8 rating is the lowest for the season's first Michigan race since at least 1996, falling below the previous mark of 2.9 in 2011 and 2010. So far this season, both NASCAR Sprint Cup races on TNT have earned a 2.8 rating - tied as the lowest of the season for a regular points race. Despite the lower numbers, Sunday's race was the top sporting event of the week on cable, finishing ahead of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on NBC Sports Network (2.0, 4.0M). Overall, the race ranked as the third-most viewed cable program of the week.(Sports Media Watch / Bloomberg / TV By the Numbers)
Napcar isn't exciting A reader writes, Dear AR1.com, I have attended several IndyCar races since the introduction of the new car and engine. Here is my take on the problem with IndyCar - they should rename it the 'nap'car series. I say that because the engines are too quiet and they don't emit a sound that gets anyone excited. My four year old took a nap in the middle of the race.
Been to an F1 race? Now that is a sound that gets your blood boiling. Sound is definitely the #1 sensory perception that defines a racing series, and the sound emitted from the Napcars puts one to sleep. I remember the Champ Cars used to have a mind-blowing sound, especially when they used to turn 15,000+ RPM. The Napcars are so economical they must turn low RPM in order to get 2,000 miles between rebuilds. Meanwhile they are not exciting the fan base and the series is dying on the vine.
To all you Napcar officials out there - fix the sound and fix it now, or order the flowers and plan the Napcar series funeral. Mike Smith
Wink Hartman’s IndyCar will advertise Wichita this week
Wink Hartman is promoting Wichita in the fast lane.
Hartman’s No. 67 IndyCar Honda will be branded with Wichita on Saturday and Sunday at the Iowa Indy Corn 250. Josef Newgarden drives the car for Sarah Fisher Hartman racing, owned by Hartman. He is donating the advertising spots on the side panels — valued at around $500,000 — to GoWichita, the city’s convention and visitors bureau.
Other spots on the car are being sold to local companies and institutions, including Wichita State University.
Cox Re-Signs With Boschett Timepieces for 12-Race Schedule After a successful 2012 season that produced two top-fives and three top-ten finishes, Boschett Timepieces will return as the primary sponsor of Stephen Cox's racecar in 2013. You can find articles by Cox on AR1.com.
The Boschett Timepieces car will compete in twelve events, including oval appearances at the legendary Milwaukee Mile and the National Short Track Championship in Rockford, Illinois, and road circuit races in Hallett, Oklahoma.
The oval races will form the bulk of the schedule, with ten events anticipated in the Mid-American Stock Car Series. After a seven-year absence from oval racing, Cox sharpened his skills with Pack Motorsports in the Super Cup Stock Car Series and Ed Yoak's ARCA Truck team last season, scoring top tens in both series and a third-place finish at West Virginia's Ona Speedway.
Engineering an IndyCar Victory Is More About Data And Simulation With all the electronics that go into today’s passenger vehicles, you may think that IndyCars are enjoying the same flood of new electronic innovations. Not so. In fact, some teams are ratcheting back in favor of a smarter balance between vehicle electronics and the driver. At least that’s what Jimmy Vasser, co-owner of the winning IndyCar at this year’s Indianapolis 500, said at an event held June 6th at Mouser Electronics headquarters in Mansfield, Texas.
“With all the technologies at the fingertips of young engineers nowadays, you can have full active suspension, full hydraulics and computers—it gets out of control. We’ve been peeling back some of the technology to put the car back into the driver’s hands—there’s not a lot of driver aids anymore,” said Vasser.
Slumping attendance sees Daytona eliminate a massive 33% of seats Daytona International Speedway on Tuesday announced a major rebuilding project costing up to $400 million and targeting the front-straight seats, but part of the development will be the elimination of the “Superstretch” seating on the back straight, reducing total track capacity by about one-third by 2016. Nothing changes for 2014, however.
The front-stretch seats will be upgraded significantly, Chitwood said. Every seat in the Speedway front stretch will be replaced with wider and more comfortable seats. Additionally, more restrooms and concession stands, as well as escalators and elevators, will be added. At the conclusion of the redevelopment, scheduled for the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in January of 2016, Daytona International Speedway will be comprised of approximately 101,000 permanent seats, with the potential to increase permanent seating to 125,000. Current capacity is listed at 146,000 seats with the backstretch accounting for 45,000.
IndyCar.com to carry coverage of Iowa Heat Races Streaming video of the three 50-lap heat races to determine the starting lineup for the Iowa Corn Indy 250 presented by DEKALB will be broadcast on www.indycar.com and the INDYCAR 13 app at 6:45 p.m. (ET) June 22.
The first two heat races include transfers to Race 3 for the top two finishers of the qualifying races.
Positions in the three heat races will be determined by single-car, single-lap qualifying (4 p.m. ET) on the .875-mile, variably-banked oval. A blind draw will determine the qualifying order. Practice (11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. ET) and qualifying also are featured on indycar.com and INDYCAR 13 with Timing & Scoring and the IMS Radio Network call.
Lotus sells stake in team to investment group Lotus F1 Team has new part-owners as of today, with Infinity Racing Partners Limited (Infinity Racing) acquiring a 35% minority stake in the team. Infinity Racing joins Genii Capital, who retain a controlling stake in the team, with Gerard Lopez continuing as Chairman.
Infinity Racing is an investment consortium whose special purpose vehicle is comprised of private investors that include an American hedge fund manager, an Abu Dhabi-based multinational business group and royal family interests of a major oil producing nation.
Lotus F1 Team was previously 100% owned by an investment vehicle of Genii Capital – a global investment management and financial advisory firm headquartered in Luxembourg – which retains a controlling stake of 65% in the team.
DIS will have a new grand entrance similar to that of NFL stadiums
International Speedway Corporation today approved funding to redevelop the front stretch of Daytona Int’l Speedway, the company’s 54-year-old flagship motorsports facility, to enhance the overall experience for its fans, marketing partners and the motorsports industry.
This historic, multi-year project will break ground on July 5, 2013, and is targeted for completion in January 2016, in time for the 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 58th Daytona 500.
“We are truly creating history with this unprecedented endeavor,” said ISC’s Chief Executive Officer Lesa France Kennedy. “I commend the board’s decision to move forward on our plan to redevelop the Company’s signature motorsports facility, thereby shaping the vision of Daytona for the next 50 years.
NHRA racer tests at Bristol Accustomed to streaking down straightaways at speeds in excess of 300 mph, Top Fuel driver Antron Brown tested his command of left turns Friday at Bristol Motor Speedway. In town for the NHRA Ford Thunder Valley Nationals at Bristol Dragway, Brown circled the world's fastest half mile in a Dale Jarrett Racing Adventure car that was previously run on the NASCAR Nationwide circuit. Brown was enthusiastic following his 20-lap run but expressed uncertainty about piloting 500 circuits around the half-mile. "That was so much fun," he said. "The car drove great, but it took me a few laps to get the feel for the track and what line to take. This was my second time running laps at Bristol but my first time in a true stock car, and it was an awesome experience. I'm definitely not in round track shape though. I don't know how those guys stay focused for 500 laps." Bristol Motor Speedway
British GP fans rebel against ever-increasing ticket prices It’s the leading motor-racing event of the UK sporting summer, but attendance at this month’s British Grand Prix is expected to be significantly down as Formula One fans rebel against ever-increasing ticket prices.
The cheapest tickets for next’s Sunday’s race at Silverstone start at £145 – among the highest of any Grand Prix. This appears to have priced out many F1 enthusiasts as the downturn bites, with a course spokesman admitting to The Independent yesterday that sales “aren’t that strong”.
Public interest has also been hit by the lack of British success as neither Jenson Button nor Lewis Hamilton has won a race this year.
Great Clips increases its sponsorship on the #5 in 2014 Hendrick Motorsports owner Rick Hendrick said that just recently Great Clips, which has/will sponsor #5-Kasey Kahne for three Cup races this season, has also extended its support. Sources say Great Clips will expand its involvement to 10 races in 2014. FoxSports
Each year in the middle of June, the road-racing universe turns its eyes to the Sarthe region of France for the world’s most famous endurance event. Corvette Racing is back at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in search of its eighth class victory since 2001.
The two velocity yellow Compuware Corvette C6.R race cars undertook a successful test at Le Mans on Sunday, June 9. Jan Magnussen in the No. 73 Corvette set the team’s best time in of 3:59.491 (127.3 mph) to rank fifth in the GTE Pro class. The top six cars in the class were less than a second apart, a preview of how close and competitive things will be for the June 22-23 race.
Suzuki to make MotoGP return in 2015 Japanese manufacturer Suzuki has announced that it will return to the top echelon of motorcycle racing, MotoGP, in 2015. Having cited "tough circumstances" as the reason for its departure at the end of the 2011 season, the marque has now assembled a European test team and will be back in action at the Circuit de Catalunya on Monday.
"After two years suspension since 2012, Suzuki Motor Corporation has organized its test team to undergo more practical running test at its advanced development stage and will participate in the official joint testing to be held at the Catalunya circuit in Spain," read a statement issued by Suzuki. "Through continuing running tests at the circuits inside and outside Japan for further development and refinement, Suzuki Motor Corporation will participate again in MotoGP racing from 2015."
Davide Brivio will lead the test team at European venues, while current Aspar CRT man Randy de Puniet has been named as the dedicated development rider.
Walker reveals cancer, Horner receives OBE (Update)UPDATE (GMM) Legendary F1 commentator Murray Walker has revealed he is set to undergo treatment for cancer.
'The voice of formula one', who hung up his microphone more than a decade ago, told his former employer, the BBC, that the lymphatic cancer was detected when he was hospitalized last month for a broken pelvis following a fall.
"They've caught it incredibly early. It's treatable, the doctors say my condition is mild and I'm very hopeful," the 89-year-old Briton said.
Meanwhile, Red Bull team boss Christian Horner has admitted he is "honored" but "shocked" to have been selected for an OBE - order of the British empire - in the Queen's birthday honors list.
Villeneuve to pilot No. 51 Cup car at Sonoma Jacques Villeneuve, the 1995 Formula 1 champion, will pilot the No. 51 TAG Heuer Eyewear Chevrolet for Phoenix Racing in Sunday's Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Sonoma Raceway.
Villeneuve, 42, has three NASCAR Sprint Cup Series starts, nine Nationwide Series starts and seven Camping World Truck Series races to his credit. In Nationwide road-course competition, he has four top-five finishes - including three at his home track in Montreal -- and six top-10s.
MIS honored as NASCAR Foundation's Track of the Year
Michigan International Speedway president Roger Curtis accepts the NASCAR Foundation “Track of the Year” award during Sunday’s Quicken Loans 400
For the second year in a row, the NASCAR Foundation has recognized Michigan International Speedway’s charitable and community efforts, naming the racetrack its “Track of the Year.”
Of note, the NASCAR Foundation lauded the speedway’s “Track and Explore” program, a partnership with Adrian College that teaches area youth about nature and conservancy with a series of field trips to MIS.
“All our employees and volunteers are truly passionate about giving back to our community,” speedway president Roger Curtis said. “This is where we work, live and play. And it’s up to us to be involved and to make our community stronger. We will always be a leader in the community for community giving.”
Sonoma Raceway will honor its long-time spokesman John Cardinale during the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350 weekend.
Cardinale, who passed away in March after a two-year battle with stage IV gastric cancer, will be inducted into the raceway’s Wall of Fame and the raceway will rename its media center the “John Cardinale Media Center” during a ceremony in the Wine Country Winner’s Circle on Friday, June 21, at 10:15 a.m.
Williams F1 Team Expects To Lose Up To $32M After Hybrid Supercar Project Delayed The Williams F1 team is expected to lose up to £20M ($31.4M) in revenue this year after Jaguar "put the brakes on a hybrid supercar, which the two were developing," according to Christian Sylt of the London EXPRESS.
The Jaguar C-X75 supercar was announced in '10 and "was powered by a turbocharged 1.6-litre petrol engine as well as two electric motors." It was due to have a top speed of 205mph and a price tag of up to £1M ($1.57M). In December, the "weak economic climate led Jaguar to announce that it would not put the car into production." In the year ending Dec. '12, Williams’ revenue accelerated 22% to £127M, but a report by Switzerland’s Bank am Bellevue predicts that it will dip to £102.2M ($160.5M) in '13 "due to the supercar costs." Express
Former IndyCar team owner and hardware chain owner John Menard Jr. has been sued by Tomisue Hilbert, the wife of Carmel businessman Stephen Hilbert, who charges that Menard is trying to “crush” the Hilberts because she resisted his repeated requests to have sex with him.
The 24-page lawsuit, filed in Hamilton Superior Court in May, charges the billionaire owner of the Menards hardware chain with trying to “extort sexual acts from Mrs. Hilbert in fear of financial consequences.”
According to the lawsuit, the consequences include Menard suing Stephen Hilbert and his partners for mismanaging more than $400 million of Menard’s investments.
MotoGP lineup at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to include electric-powered bikes Electric-powered race motorcycles will be included as part of the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix weekend from Aug. 16-18 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The bikes, capable of reaching 180 miles per hour, are set to be showcased in a round of the FIM eRoadRacing North American Regional series. FIM eRoadRacing is the world’s premier electric motorsport series. The FIM first staged E-Power electric races in 2010.
Among the riders expected to compete at IMS is Steve Atlas, who won the World Cup and North American titles in 2012 for Team Icon Brammo. Former AMA Superbike standout Eric Bostrom also is scheduled to participate. indystar.com
After watching Ryan Hunter-Reay's controlled performance in winning the Milwaukee IndyFest for the second year in a row, Andretti Autosport team owner Michael Andretti said the 2012 IZOD IndyCar Series champion is "definitely in his prime."
Andretti doesn't need to look far for a comparison.
The second-generation racer was 30 when he won the 1991 CART IndyCar World Series championship for Newman/Haas Racing. Runner-up championship finishes sandwiched the title season, and over the three years Andretti recorded 18 of his 42 Indy car victories.
With the Milwaukee victories as bookends, Hunter-Reay has amassed 570 points over 17 races. That includes a series-high six wins and four other top-five finishes. Helio Castroneves is second with 527 points (two victories, two other podiums, two fifth-place finishes) and Scott Dixon is third with 453 points (one victory, two other podiums, five other top-five finishes).
HP Signs Three-Year Deal To Become NASCAR's First Official Technology Partner HP has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with NASCAR and plans to "collaborate with the sanctioning body to develop business solutions it can sell globally," according to Tripp Mickle of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. The agreement, which sources valued at $2-3M annually, makes HP Enterprise Services "the sport’s official technology partner."
The company is NASCAR’s "first partner in that category and the first technology-related company it’s worked with since Ask.com exited its official deal" in '09. The deal "developed as a result of HP’s work with NASCAR creating the sport’s Fan & Media Engagement Center."
Motorsports This Week on ESPN and ABC NASCAR Nationwide Series Goes Road Racing
The NASCAR Nationwide Series goes road course racing this weekend at the 4-mile Road America circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wis., and ESPN will have a live telecast of the race on Saturday, June 22, at 5 p.m. ET. The race’s green flag is at 5:22 p.m. Also from Road America, ESPN2 will air qualifying Saturday at noon. All NASCAR programming on ESPN networks is also available on computers, smartphones and tablets through WatchESPN and the WatchESPN app.
Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Rusty Wallace, Andy Petree.
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Mike Massaro, Dr. Jerry Punch, Shannon Spake
Roger Penske says he 'fully supports' Brad Keselowski
Roger Penske supports his driver
Team owner Roger Penske will not ask Brad Keselowski to tone down after a tumultuous week in the media for the reigning Sprint Cup champion.
"I want him to be Brad Keselowski,'' Penske said before Sunday's race at Michigan International Speedway. "That would be the wrong thing for me to do.''
Keselowski was called out by team owners Rick Hendrick and Joe Gibbs on Friday for being misinformed in comments about their organizations poaching employees from the Ford organizations of Penske Racing and Roush Fenway Racing.
Bobby Labonte, driver of the #51 Phoenix Construction Services Chevrolet, and Jeff Gordon, driver of the #24 Drive To End Hunger Chevrolet, are involved in an incident early in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quicken Loans 400
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Jeff Gordon talks about being sidelined in crash on Lap 4 when #51-Bobby Labonte spun off turn 2 at Michigan: Q) WHAT HAPPENED? Gordon: "Bobby Labonte (#51 Phoenix Construction Services Chevy) just lost it over there in Turn 2. He just did one of those slow spins where I couldn't tell which direction he was going to go, so I had to guess and I guessed the wrong way. I didn't really have anywhere to go. But I just can't believe the way this season is going for us in this Drive to End Hunger Chevrolet. It seems like we can run all day long when we can't get the car right but when we finally get the car right, something like this happens. At Charlotte, I thought our car was awesome and I was really pleased with the way the car took off right there. We were really going to march up through the field. It's unfortunate. This team just continues to have to face adversity and I appreciate how strong they are during it, but I just wish we didn't all have to be tested quite this much."
IndyCar needs to implement the 'Lucky Dog' ASAP (Update)UPDATE A reader responds, Dear AutoRacing1, The author of this article, Matt Weaver, apparently does not actually watch IndyCar oval races or he would know that indeed IndyCar oval race re-starts, other than Indy, are double file not ‘single file’ as he states in his article.
While IndyCar does not have a ‘Lucky Dog’, ‘Lucky Poodle’, or other rule to shuffle cars the pace car picked up in front of the leaders to the back even the NASCAR rule Mr. Weaver cites would not help the situation he complains and writes about. The NASCAR 'Lucky Dog’ requires those cars in front of the leader of the race, and ONLY those cars in front of the leader not lapped cars in back of the leader, to be given the ‘wave around’ to cycle them out of the position they have on the track in front of the leader. The pace car driver waves the cars in front of the leader past the pace car, giving them a free lap or a ‘lap back’ however once the pace car has the leader directly behind the pace car there are no more cars waved around. Therefore, even a ‘Lucky Dog’ rule would not have moved Kanaan or Carpenter from the track position they had. Additionally, IndyCar is not NASCAR and tradition is only broken for good reason (such as fan preference, to make the race/show better, safety, etc.).
Visoiu victorious in Valencia Race 2 Race 2 belonged to Robert Visoiu. The Romanian driver started from reverse pole and he brilliantly controlled a lights to flag victory, the first of his GP3 career with a seven second advantage. Koiranen GP’s Aaro Vainio finished second with Carlos Sainz achieving his debut rostrum in the Series in third.
With a track temperature of 61 degrees, Visoiu made a great getaway to lead the pack but it was Sainz who was on the move passing Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas and almost finding his way through on Vainio until the door was closed. Adderly Fong (Status Grand Prix), David Fumanelli (Trident) and Eric Lichtenstein (Carlin) retired early on with transmission issues.
Lorenzo triumphs again in Barcelona Jorge Lorenzo has won the Gran Premi Aperol de Catalunya for the third time in four years, beating Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez on Sunday afternoon. Valentino Rossi rode a lonely race to fourth position while as many as eight riders retired, including Cal Crutchlow who crashed out on the sixth lap.
Saturday had seen Dani Pedrosa smashing Casey Stoner’s 2008 lap record en route to an impressive pole position for the Repsol Honda Team rider’s 200th Grand Prix weekend. He would ultimately lose his lead on the drag to the first corner and never regain the top spot, not least as teammate Marquez closed in from behind.
Aero kit decision Done (5th Update)UPDATE #5 IndyCar’s regulations for the bodywork kits scheduled to be introduced for the 2015 season are scheduled to be sent to Honda and Chevrolet on Sunday. The manufacturers then will have a period of time to review them, Derrick Walker said.
06/03/13 Watch Derrick Walker speak about the aero kits coming to the IZOD IndyCar Series in 2015.
06/02/13 See our feature article on what was announced today by IndyCar.
06/01/13 Details of a two-year rollout for bodykits will be given 10:30 Sunday morning in Detroit.
The program will allow various manufacturers to design, build and utilize wings, sidepods and other features that comprise the appearance of the cars. There is a hope that Indianapolis’ cottage motor sports industry can benefit by making parts for the redesigns.
IndyCar’s president of competition and operations, Derrick Walker, has called the kits “a game changer” because they allow various kinds of companies to join the series, therefore removing the sameness element of the equipment.
What a dream weekend for American Conor Daly. Pole position yesterday and a lights-to-flag win for the ART Grand Prix driver. It was made extra special for his French squad ART Grand Prix with Daly’s teammate Facu Regalia finishing in P2 just one second back. Koiranen GP rookie Kevin Korjus completed the podium.
The race got underway under clear blue skies and warm temperatures with pole-man Daly, retaining his lead ahead of Daniil Kvyat (MW Arden) and Regalia. There was an incident at turn 2 when Status Grand Prix’s Adderly Fong made contact with Trident’s David Fumanelli which put them both out of the race. Local favorite Carmen Jorda (Bamboo Engineering) was also an early casualty when she spun off on lap two.
Leffler Charity Fund Established In honor of NASCAR driver Jason Leffler, who lost his life in a racing accident this week, a trust fund has been established for his five-year-old son, Charlie Dean.
This trust will serve as the official Leffler Family fund, with all monies going directly to Charlie’s needs. Turner Scott Motorsports co-owner Harry Scott Jr., former Braun Racing owner Todd Braun and Steve Overholser, CFO of Great Clips, will serve as trustees.
Donations can be made to The Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Trust at: The Charlie Dean Leffler Discretionary Trust c/o SunTrust Bank, 232 Williamson Road Mooresville, NC 28117
James Hunt and Niki Lauda in 1974 at Anderstorp Raceway in Sweden
Today marks the 20th anniversary of the death of James Hunt, who won the Formula One world championship back in 1976 and left a great legacy in the sport for his skill on-track and his antics off-track, causing many to dub him a ‘playboy’.
Hunt first competed in Formula One in 1973 for Hesketh Racing, debuting at the Monaco Grand Prix. During his opening season, he scored two podiums and finished 8th in the championship despite missing half of the races, and his evident talent saw him take a further three podiums in 1974.
Mercedes to reveal FIA email that gave them 'permission to test' Mercedes will turn the tables on the FIA at Thursday's hearing in Paris by producing written evidence that they had permission to test Pirelli's tires.
Both Mercedes and the Italian tire firm will be in the dock after the Formula One's governing body decided they had a case to answer following their three-day, 1,000km test in Barcelona after last month's Spanish Grand Prix. The test enraged the other teams, particularly Red Bull. Contrary to FIA regulations, Mercedes used their current 2013 car rather than one at least two years old, as favored by Ferrari in another testing session. But Mercedes are ready to play their trump card, in the form of an FIA email – allegedly from their race director and safety delegate, Charlie Whiting – granting them permission to test.
Barbosa and Fittipaldi with Grand-Am Mid-Ohio race
Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi teamed to win the Diamond Cellar Classic on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype (DP), giving the team its first victory of the season. The victory is Barbosa’s 11th career GRAND-AM series win and Fittipaldi’s third.
Close behind in second place, giving Team Chevy the top-two positions on the podium, was defending race winner Michael Valiante in the No. 3 8Star Motorsports Corvette DP started by Enzo Potolicchio.
Ferrari's first F1 winner dies at 90 Jose Froilan Gonzalez, the first man to win a world championship F1 race for Ferrari and nicknamed the Pampas Bull, has died at the age of 90. The Argentinean followed his countryman Juan Manuel Fangio to European racing in 1950 was hired by Ferrari a year later and became their first F1 winner as he defeated Fangio's Alfa Romeo to win the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
Regan Smith wins the Alliance Truck Parts 250 Regan Smith started in the middle of the field for the Alliance Truck Parts 250 on Saturday. But he used a late race charge to take cross the finish line first to claim the victory.
Austin Dillon started on the pole for the Alliance Truck Parts 250, his second straight season leading the field to the green.
A year after starting setting the pole qualifying record at 190.375 MPH, Dillon was even faster. He eclipsed his previous mark to set the record at 191.882 MPH. He was joined on the front row by teammate Paul Menard. A third Chevrolet driven by Brad Sweet started the Alliance Truck Parts 250 in third.
Karam wins Milwaukee Lights race Results Saturday of the Milwaukee 100 Firestone Indy Lights event on the 1.015 mile Milwaukee Mile, with order of finish, starting position in parentheses, driver, laps completed and reason out (if any):
1. (1) Sage Karam, 100, Running 2. (4) Carlos Munoz, 100, Running 3. (2) Zach Veach, 100, Running 4. (7) Gabby Chaves, 99, Running 5. (6) Juan Pablo Garcia, 99, Running 6. (3) Peter Dempsey, 99, Running 7. (8) Jorge Goncalvez, 98, Running 8. (5) Jack Hawksworth, 98, Running
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa has broken the lap record and was over half a second faster than his rivals as he stormed into pole position for tomorrow's GP of Catalunya. He clocked a lap of 1'40.893 on his 5th lap of 8, breaking the previous record of 1'41.186, recorded by Casey Stoner in 2008 when qualifying tires were still in use, by 0.293s. This is Dani's second and successive pole position of the season and it comes on the weekend of his 200th GP start. He becomes only the 19th rider to reach this milestone in the 65-year history of grand prix racing.
Daly dashes to maiden pole in Valencia American Conor Daly was all smiles after securing his debut pole position in GP3 for Round 2 of the season in Valencia with a lap time of 1:22.329. The ART Grand Prix ace will be joined on the front row by MW Arden’s Daniil Kvyat and Carlin’s Nick Yelloly.
The qualifying session commenced under clear blue skies as the temperatures soared over the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. As the majority of the drivers took to the track, there was an early stoppage to the session when Marussia Manor Racing’s Ryan Cullen had a spin into the gravel session which caused a brief red flag. At this point, Kvyat, Giovanni Venturini (Trident) and Robert Visoiu (MW Arden) led the way with various drivers yet to record a time.
Jason Leffler had no life insurance NASCAR driver Jason Leffler did not have life insurance when he died in a sprint car crash Wednesday night.
Leffler, who was recently divorced and the father of 5-year-old Charlie Dean Leffler, was killed when his car apparently crashed head-on into a wall and flipped several times at Bridgeport (N.J.) Speedway.
He was transported to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead from a blunt force neck injury 32 minutes after the accident.
Jason Leffler autopsy: driver died of blunt force neck injury Jason Leffler died from a blunt force neck injury in his sprint car wreck Wednesday night, the Delaware County (Pa.) medical examiner has determined.
Leffler apparently had a mechanical failure in his 410 sprint car and hit the wall at least twice and then flipped at Bridgeport Speedway, the 0.625-mile banked short track in Swedesboro, N.J. The 37-year-old Leffler, a former Sprint Cup and Nationwide Series driver, was pronounced dead in the Crozer Chester Medical Center emergency room at 9:02 p.m. ET, 32 minutes after the accident.
An autopsy was performed Thursday to determine the cause of death. The New Jersey State Police, which licenses racetracks in the state, is still conducting its investigation into the accident. The results could come as early as next week.
IndyCar Texas and Canadian GP TV Ratings (2nd Update)UPDATE #2 The final TV rating for the Canadian GP from Montreal on NBC was a 0.7 with 950,000 tuned in to watch. So as boring as the IndyCar race from Texas was on Saturday night on ABC, it did draw more viewers. However, even combined, NASCAR far outdraws them, with a 2.8 rating and 4.4 million viewers on a cable TV channel (vs. network TV for IndyCar and F1).
06/14/13 The IndyCar Series Firestone 550 from Texas earned a 1.0 final rating and 1.4 million viewers on ABC Saturday night, up 233% in ratings and 263% in viewership from last year’s race on NBC Sports Network (0.3, 384K).
Excluding the Indy 500, the 1.0 rating for this year’s race is tied as the highest for an IndyCar Series race on ABC* since the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March 2011 (1.2).
Saturday’s race faced competition from the NHL playoffs on NBC, Major League Baseball on FOX, and the NASCAR Nationwide Series on ESPN. The Nationwide Series race from Iowa was rained out, but ESPN’s coverage still earned a 0.7 U.S. rating and 808,000 viewers.
Korjus sets the early pace in Valencia GP3 Practice Rookie Korjus took first blood in Valencia by recording the best lap in Free Practice which was two tenths faster than Carlin’s Nick Yelloly and Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser. Korjus’ lap time was 4.3s quicker than the fastest time set at the circuit in 2012 with the previous generation car.
Glorious weather set the scene for Free Practice for Round 2 of the GP3 season in Valencia, Spain. Circuit Ricardo Tormo hosts this weekend’s standalone event which sees a different timetable with the event run over two days with both Race 1 and Race 2 taking place on Sunday.
Would Safer Barriers have helped Leffler? Energy-absorbing SAFER barriers may have made no difference in the crash that killed NASCAR driver Jason Leffler, the developer of the system for NASCAR competition said Friday.
“You know that it is impossible to know whether the SAFER barrier would have made the difference in the Leffler crash,” said Dr. Dean Sicking, director of the Midwest Roadside Safety Facility at the University of Nebraska.
“Although it is unknown whether the barrier would have helped, I am somewhat skeptical.”
Amendment to Ban Military Sponsorship in motorsports defeated
An amendment that would prohibit the Army National Guard from sponsoring Dale Earnhardt Jr. or any other competitor in motorsports was defeated Friday in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.) has fought the past three years to limit military sponsorships of sporting events. She submitted Amendment 25 to the Defense bill on Thursday. The House voted 289-134 against the measure Friday.
The defeat was the worst McCollum has suffered with similar type of amendments.
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